Nyirenda was appointed the new coach of Bakgaga before the start of the season, but struggled to get some positive results early on in the campaign.
They’ve registered just two victories in their 12 Absa Premiership matches, but Baroka have shown some good form in the Telkom Knockout, beating Golden Arrows, giants Mamelodi Sundowns and defending champions Bidvest Wits on their way to the final, where they will face Orlando Pirates at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium tonight.
Despite being under pressure from supporters and stakeholders, Mphahlele stood by Nyirenda because he knew what he is capable of doing, having seen his work previously at Zesco United and with the Zambian national team.
Mphahlele was even comfortable to let go of technical director Doctor Khumalo, as rumours did the rounds that Nyirenda did not want to have a TD.
“I saw potential in him. I know he has capabilities and he can do the job. His track records speaks volumes,” Mphahlele tells KickOff.com.
“If it was not for his track record, maybe we would have parted ways with him by now. I was starting to get pressure from supporters and stakeholders. But I said this guy has a track record of winning. But now look, we are in the final. Nobody would have thought that Baroka would be in the final. We are happy to be in the final.”